Introduction to Radio Spectrum Monitoring and Measuring

Course Description

This course will provide a thorough introduction to spectrum monitoring and related measurement techniques at a field facility of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Class members will initially receive an overview of the Agency, structure, and responsibilities of its Enforcement Bureau, as well as the organization of the Bureau’s Field Facilities, its three Regions, and its thirteen field offices. This hands-on training will be conducted at the Columbia Operations Center facility at the FCC’s Laboratory in Columbia, Maryland.

Course participants will navigate the learning experience with guidance by their FCC course instructors through topics such as interference resolution, FCC enforcement actions, radio frequency radiation measurements, demonstrations, etc. Included will be small group training in field strength measurements and spectrum analyzer measurements—and later, in applications of spectrum monitoring with handheld equipment and mobile direction finding.    

Several special presentations, including a Search and Rescue tutorial, are planned for inclusion.  On the final day of the training, the course co-sponsor will offer hands-on training with the latest equipment for the class members at the Laboratory.

Focus:  Managerial and technical with a technical emphasis

Learning Objective

To obtain a working understanding of (1) spectrum management techniques related to enforcement of national and international radio regulations and their practical application using spectrum monitoring and measurement tools; (2) signal recognition and how the signals are received through correlation between available databases and other publications and observed/measured signal characteristics; (3) how received signals are processed through receivers, monitors, oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers to establish transmission parameters; (4) how special engineering measurement equipment is applied against various types of communication signals (including broadcast and satellite signals) to understand the basis for their complex monitoring results; (5) the fundamentals of basic monitoring, measuring, and direction finding theory; and (6) the latest RF survey and measurement systems available today.


Federal Communications Commission


Columbia, MD

Training Dates

October 7-11, 2024